Productivity News

Technology news about products and services to help make working from home and remote work more productive and secure.

1Password adds a secure sharing option for logins and sensitive data

Login details, credit cards, and notes with sensitive information can now be securely shared with the latest version of 1Password. The new feature creates an expiring link and doesn’t require the recipient to be a 1Password customer to view the details.

1Password Secure Sharing

Fastmail launches Masked Email privacy service that’s tightly integrated with 1Password

The Masked Email privacy service from Fastmail provides a better alternative to Apple’s Hide My Email service, comes with the option to use a custom domain, and is fully integrated into 1Password.

Fastmail Masked Email with 1Password

Backblaze makes its cloud backup service faster and more efficient

Backblaze released a new version of its cloud backup service that supports significantly faster online backups, reduces hard drive writes and does a better job at managing bandwidth and system load. The update also coincides with a price increase.

Backblaze Speed

‘Big Mail’ first look: New email app attempts to make reading email enjoyable again

The Not So Big Company launched its Apple-centric multi-platform email client, Big Mail. The new email app has a stunning design, distraction-free reading, and a contact filtering tool that’s similar to Basecamp’s HEY.

Big Mail

Neeva makes invites available and adds Slack integration

The ad-free, privacy-first, and highly personalized search engine, Neeva, provided current users with invite links and added the ability to search Slack workspaces.

Neeva

Mozilla permanently removing FTP access from Firefox

After a year-long delay because of the concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mozilla announces they are disabling FTP in version 88 of Firefox and will altogether remove it in version 90.

Firefox removes FTP

Slack Connect launch marred by invite message abuse

Slack launched its much anticipated Connect feature that allows users from different workspaces to DM each other. The debut hit a snag when users started reporting abusive messages from DM invitations.

Slack Connect

TextBuddy is a new macOS app that transforms, sorts, captures, and filters text

The new TextBuddy app created by Click On Tyler, an independent software development company in Nashville, TN, is a Swiss Army knife-like tool with over 100 commands for manipulating plain text.

TextBuddy App

Signal AMA on Reddit: Team reveals future plans and discusses privacy, security, and funding

The privacy-focused messenger, Signal, is experiencing record growth, partly due to WhatsApp's changes, its usage in the Hong Kong protests, and Elon Musk promoting it. To better engage with their users, many of which are new, they held an AMA on Reddit to answer questions about the app.

Signal AMA on Reddit

Cloudflare ‘Browser Isolation’ makes remote browser isolation (RBI) faster and more secure

As part of Cloudflare’s Zero Trust week, the company announced the beta of a new service called Browser Isolation. The service enables companies using Cloudflare for Teams to leverage its network to safely browse sites in the cloud but render web pages locally via Google Chrome.

Cloudflare Browser Isolation

Google Analytics 4 leverages machine learning for business intelligence and new reports

Google Analytics 4 (GA4) replaces the apps and web beta property. This newest version of Google Analytics combines data streams from websites, iOS apps, and Android apps for a more complete view of customer behavior on your properties.

Google Analytics 4

New Slack Connect features will facilitate communication between organizations

The tool promises secure connections between workspaces without adding extra seats to a subscription plan. The new features debuted at the Slack Frontiers 2020 conference.

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Cloudflare’s WARP VPN allows multi-platform license sharing

Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 VPN has an unlimited and faster option called WARP+. The company allows WARP+ subscriptions to be used on up to five devices.

Cloudflare WARP+

Cloudflare launches beta of 1.1.1.1 VPN with WARP for macOS and Windows

First announced in April 2020, Cloudflare has finally released beta versions of its 1.1.1.1 VPN with WARP for macOS and Windows. The VPN service also includes support for 1.1.1.1 for Families, which blocks malware and adult sites.

Cloudflare WARP VPN

Mozilla VPN extends data protection tool set to full devices

The $4.99 per month VPN protects up to 5 Android and PC devices, with iOS, Mac, and Linux versions promised soon. Mozilla partnered with Mullvad VPN and WireGuard for this comprehensive security coverage.

Mozilla VPN

Do not disturb: How to use smarts lights at home to reduce Zoom and Slack call interruptions

The best way for remote workers to prevent family members from being too loud and interrupting video and phone conference calls is to use smart lights around your home. This solution works with HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Nest smart home platforms.

Smart Lights

Speedtest VPN adds paid tier and now supports iPadOS

Ookla ended beta testing of its Speedtest VPN and added a $4.99/mo unlimited data plan. The newest release now supports iPadOS in addition to iOS and Android.

Speedtest VPN

Google is completely removing FTP access from Chrome

Users of the Chrome browser will no longer be able to view FTP directories or download files from FTP servers.

FTP in Chrome browser

Ookla adds free VPN to Speedtest app for iOS

A new version of the Speedtest app for iPhone and iPad includes a preview version of its free VPN service.

Speedtest VPN

Feedly launches Pro+ account with new AI-powered features

Feedly debuted a major upgrade to its content discovery and reading app. The new Pro+ account uses its Leo AI technology to surface content based on interest and usage, and includes deduplication and mute filters.

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